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Second Hand Boats

Why buy a second hand boat

First thing you would think of is money. That's true, but second hand boats usually require more Maintenance and nothing is more precious than seeing your boat in the water after you prepared it before spring.

When buying a second hand boat you can get a great deal because second hand boats can cost as low as one tenth of new boats. And used boat can serve you well for years if you take care of it properly.

Which boat to choose

Of course there are classics made completely out of wood, mono-hulls, multihulls, racers and cruisers. I wouldn't recommend classics, unless you are felling nostalgic since you will have to dig deep in your pockets. But any of the other options is good if you know what you want out of your boat. Boats can be build out of:
  • GRP (Glass reinforced plastic)
  • Wood
  • Steel
  • Aluminium
That said, you can choose between monohulls or catamaran. Catamarans are faster, provide more luxury and are more spacious than monohulls. Monohulls tend to be by far better sailors.

How much time do you want to spend with your boat?

Do you want to take care of your boat like a baby or do you need it only to cruise near the coast and enjoy numerous coast-line cities and stopping by your favorite restaurant? If your main goal is to cruise then I recommend choosing GRP/Steel/Aluminium boat that doesn’t need so much love as an old, rare classic. Classic requires a great deal of love towards her and can cause that you won't be home a lot with your dearest ones. You will have to replace wood on the classic and keep she is in perfect condition. Most of Classic that sail around the seas are a multi-million vessels and are very rare.

Petrol or Diesel Engine

Petrol and diesel engines exists in motorboats and sailboats as well. So which one to choose? Sailboats usually use inboard Diesel engines while larger boats and yachts use a Petrol engines as well. Most used are in outboard driven boats. You are probably familiar with Yamaha or Suzuki outboard engines that can achieve great speeds. Which one to choose is your choice, but as said some engines reputation precedes them. You will need to search the web to discover which engines are good and which ones are not.

Where to find second hand boat

Internet is a very large area you can exploit. There are numerous facebook pages that work like a marketplace for new and used boats. And there is of course our website. Marinebroker.net offers a marketplace far bigger than facebook pages. You can use our web form to search your boat. Another source can be local marinas where they usually know what is for sale and what not. If you tend to put some work into older boats, marinas can be a great place to exploit.

When to buy a boat?

When the season is over (I mean summer) there are numerous owners that are tired of their boats and need to sell it before putting some extra money into them. The market is flooded with sailboats, yachts and motorboats alike. This is your chance to get something that is really good and cheap as well. So, the time to buy would be in September.

What to watch out for

I recommend you call the surveyor when it comes down to knowledge. Unless you are familiar with boats. If you know these things on your own I can give you a head start:
  • Check the hull for rot or signs of osmosis
  • Check sails if you are looking for a sailboat
  • Check keel bolts
  • Check engine
  • Check for any mistakes on wiring
These are just a few points what to look for.

Your budget

It all comes down to the size of your pockets. If you would like to buy a decent sailboat you can start with something in a range of 30.000 EUROs. For this kind of money you would get a sailboat in good condition and age, depending how far you are from this range point. The higher the cost, the better the sailboat (in most cases). But don't forget on the costs of owning a boat. These are:
  • Winterizing (every winter you take your boat in marinas hardstanding)
  • Docking fees
  • Routine maintenance
  • Insurance
When you calculate all of the costs you will get an idea of how high your budget is. No mather what boat you intend to purchase I hope you have got a better idea of what you want and what you don't to purchase. I wish you a happy boating!
About the Author
Gregor is a maritime and yacht enthusiast. In his free time he writes articles about new yacht models and runs his site marinebroker.net.

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